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Add citations and bibliographies to your research paper. Simple, correct, fast and fully collaborative.
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Overview
Paperpile is a full-featured reference manager right in your Google Doc:

- Create a perfectly formatted bibliography ready for submission of your paper
- Insert citations with one click
- Supports in-text citations and footnote citations.
- APA, MLA, Chicago and more than 7000 journal specific citation styles

- Search your references online while your are writing your paper
- Automatically lookup of PubMed IDs and DOIs. 
- Fully collaborative. It just works, even with dozens of co-authors. 

- EndNote® compatible: export your document to Word and EndNote. 
- LaTeX compatible: export your document for use with LaTeX
- Export references as RIS or BibTeX 

Paperpile respects your privacy: The add-on needs permission to manage your documents but they remain private with you at all times. Paperpile never accesses, transmits or stores any of your data other than the citation meta-data necessary to format your citations and bibliographies.
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Paperpile will need access to your Google account
This will allow Paperpile to :
See, edit, create, and delete all your Google Docs documents
See, edit, create, and delete all of your Google Drive files
Display and run third-party web content in prompts and sidebars inside Google applications
Connect to an external service
See your primary Google Account email address
See your personal info, including any personal info you've made publicly available
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A User of Paperpile
April 26, 2015
It was the first time that I had to use google docs to work on an important deadline. I looked around for some referencing tools on google and the options were: Google doc referencing or Paperpile. I first tried the "Research" tool on google docs, however, it did not reference my text in the standards I wanted (PLoS). That's when I tried out Paperpile for the first time. I found it very easy to use, it allowed me to upload my bibtex file. Although I was using the free trial, I was getting 24h support from Paperpile via an interactive chat with Stefan. He was very helpful and whenever I encountered a problem, within minutes he found a solution! Seeing as there were many people working at the same time on a google document, using Paperpile was career saving for our group!! We couldn't have done it without it! Thanks a lot for your great support! :) I can just recommend it!!!!
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A User of Paperpile
June 2, 2015
I've been using paperpile in conjunction with Google Docs for over a year now, and have used it in writing a number of manuscripts with international collaborators. Overall, it's been a great experience. Not having to email back and forth bibtex or endnote databases and praying they work on someone else's setup is tremendously liberating! The Chrome browser integration is handy, letting you directly import citations from Google Scholar or Pubmed and automatically grab pdfs without ever going to the journal webpage - great for collecting articles for literature reviews, or adding to "read someday" lists while you're searching for something else. The bibliography formatting seems (to me, anyway) more straight-forward than with e.g. endnote, and I've found myself having to do less hand editing of reference sections as a result. The few times I've contacted technical support, the developers have been very responsive and helpful. Can't recommend it highly enough - it's the first reference manager I've actually enjoyed (rather than dreaded) using.
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A User of Paperpile
November 4, 2015
I was writing an SBIR proposal to DARPA and we had a ton of references documented in any number of crazy ways, from weblinks to DOI codes and even nebulous author-dates. Such are the dangers of collaboratively writing a document. I was looking for some way to clean up this mess. The competition for storing papers is good, but they aren't web native and this makes them wonky when it comes to quickly sorting through a mess of citations. I found Paperpile and played with it a bit. A few hours later, I was done. It works like magic, just insert the footnote and tell it to search the web. The only thing that confused me at all was that you have to tell it citation style and it wasn't obvious to me which styles would be good for footnotes. I bought a full license a couple hours after using it. The sidebar does nothing but make the experience of using Paperpile better. It's even easier to find multiple citations. It's rare that an application saves me hours of time on its very first use. This one did.
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Mary Heather Celine Florido
September 16, 2016
This add-on has been so helpful to me. I love the convenience and ease in being able to cite my references. I can say that after citing 300++ citations, this is a wonderful app and is pretty accurate in the citation styles they have embedded in the app. Although like any other reference managers, it has its glitches at times but not to worry because you will receive the best customer service support. I had an issue that happened 2 days before I was set to publish and customer service worked with me until our problem was solved. Safe to say, this is a reliable app! Must get for the scientists who writes using google Docs!
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A User of Paperpile
November 6, 2015
I have written research articles using EndNote and i must say this sidebar add on is absolutely the best the ability to look up a research article and see a list and cite while you write in the moment of the thought is completely ideal. the ability to cite using the insert citation tool is also perfect if you have a small size screen so you just cite your reference quickly and continue with your writing. Up to date citing formats, ease of automatic formatting of references. Also the online ability to save article to paperfile while browsing the internet at anytime is a brilliant idea as often great finds are made unintentionally. Not as clunky and technical as Endnote but fully functional. Rating by a MD/PhD neuroscientist
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A User of Paperpile
April 5, 2017
I've used Google Docs for a while and love not having to worry about saving my work. I was still managing papers offline or via other software and the peril of losing my library somehow was stressing me out. So happy to have found this great plugin which works seamlessly with Google Docs/Drive and at the same time is an efficient and good looking reference manager. The integration with journal publishers' websites saves lots of time too. Good work, Stefan, Andreas & Jason!
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A User of Paperpile
November 29, 2017
After one year of working with Paperpile, I rate it as indispensable to an efficient workflow. In that time I have had only one problem related to the google servers. Their help function through an integrated chat resulted in immediate assistance that quickly resolved my problem.
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A User of Paperpile
June 21, 2016
Paperpile is basically Google Docs' answer to Endnote or Zotero. In my opinion, it functions better than either of these products. I love the library management, where it is incredibly quick and easy to add papers, either by searching the web or by inputting BibTex. The integration with Docs is seamless and very easy to use. One minor shortcoming is the fact that one cannot switch between footnote citations and in text citations. In LaTeX, for example, all one needs is a cite command and then the reference style determines whether a footnote is created or not. With PaperPile, it is necessary to manually create footnotes to contain footnote references.
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A User of Paperpile
April 28, 2016
I can highly recommend Paperpile as a citation tool for Google Docs if you are looking for a simple to use cloud based citation tool. I used it to write a thesis in collaboration and the possibility to share sources has been very helpful. Price is fair as well, although I'd like if they would allow monthly subscriptions.
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A User of Paperpile
July 22, 2019
Was previously free, now pay per month. Will all of the academics who helped you bug test it get a %? I doubt it. I used paperpile back when it was free and it was a nightmare, so I would definitely not pay to use it.
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